Are You Ready To WAKE UP?

What if everything we are being told isn’t in our best interest?  We are constantly bombarded with news stories that have no real significance or relevance in our lives.  How are celebrity pregnancies or divorces going to enrich our lives?  How many ways can a news agency report the same story with a different spin or provide expert analysis on here say?  I am very skeptical in the way news stories are being sold to the public.  I really believe that government and corporations spin these news stories in order to pass legislation or to ensure that the public is on board in supporting their personal agendas.  So where do I get my news from?  I get my news from various sources on the internet – I don’t automatically believe what I read, so I try to research whatever the topic it is that I am questioning.  I recently visited my local library and purchased a book called, Censored 2009 edited by Peter Phillips and Andrew Roth with Project Censored.  This book contains the Top 25 Censored Stories of 2007 – 2008.  For someone who depends on the internet to find real and worthy news events so that I can be informed of what is going on in the world, I was astounded that I rarely (if at all) heard of any of these news stories in corporate media.

I am grateful for this organization and know that I can rely on their coverage of all the censored stories past, present and future as a reliable source of information.  The people who make up this organization are not conspiracy theorists or jaded patriots – they are concerned and angry about how illegitimate news has become.  They are angry that human atrocities are being committed around the globe without any media attention and they are outraged that our governments and corporations have the control they have in order to keep the general public ignorant and complacent through fear and mis-information.  Here is a great quote from the Preface of, Censored 2009 by Peter Phillips and Project Censored:

“Americans are faced with a truth emergency (a media/news situation so dire that no other terminology fits – see Chapter 11).  This is not just a few activists calling the situation a truth emergency, but rather a nationwide network of human rights activists, impeachment advocates, election fraud researchers, 9/11 truthers, civil libertarians, environmentalists, and just plain upset Americans.”

This books list the Top 25 Censored Stories of 2007 – 2008 including the sources of these stories, here is an example of some of the news stories included:

  • Over One Million Iraqi Deaths Caused by US Occupation
  • Security and Prosperity Partnerships:  Militarized NAFTA
  • Seizing War Protestors’ Assets
  • The Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act
  • El Salvador’s Water Privatization and the Global War on Terror
  • Marijuana Arrests Set New Record
  • Indigenous Herders and Small Farmers Fight Livestock Extinction

Why are people not concerned with their civil liberties and freedoms being taken away under the guise of terrorism?  Why are we so easy to accept the mass manipulation of government and corporations?  Isn’t time we stand and do something?  Isn’t it time to ask governments and corporations to be responsible to its citizens by working for their citizens and not the top one percent?  Haven’t we had enough of the destruction of our earth just so the CEO’s of oil companies and the auto mobile sector become richer and more powerful.  Politicians should not be pandering to BIG CORPORATIONS – we need to stop this madness and corruption and demand better.  It is our duty and it is our right to seek out the truth and not have our governments working with corporations to sell us lies so that they can become more rich, powerful and controlling.

I know that if we collectively band together – we can make changes that are positive and that would benefit our world, most of us just need to be awakened and free from distraction.  Are you ready to WAKE UP?

For more information about Project Censored and to receive real, unbiased news stories – please visit:

Together, we can make the world a more positive one! 



Teachers inspire, motive, and educate.  Most have chosen this profession because they love it and are passionate about teaching.  But what if that inspiration, motivation and education comes from another source?  What if the lesson comes from someone who hasn’t had the formal training that comes from years of technical and traditional education?

I believe this video represents the most important lesson of all – UNCONDITIONAL LOVE.  Let this lesson give you inspiration, motivation and remind you that LOVE conquers all.

together, we can make the world a more positive one!


How many times have we been told to act a certain way and not draw too much attention to ourselves for fear of embarassing those who have asked us to ‘tone down’?  This video is a perfect example of why we should never judge a book by it’s cover and to let your spirit take over and FLY!

No matter how silly you think you look – if you can make others around you feel good and hitch a ride on your positivity…feel great about that and love that you are contributing to promoting love and positive energy wherever you go!  We should all let our freak flags fly!!!!

Thanks Tommy Franklin for giving me more inspiration to spread love and positive energy everywhere!

Together, we can make the world a more positive one!


What you think of yourself and others may be intercepting many of the good things that you can bring into your life.  Thinking and believing negative things about yourself and others will not allow goodness to enter your life.  If you feel you are unattractive, unable to attain success, keep thinking poverty thoughts, not be able to love, are unfit, and not loved – then you will be all these things.

Dr. Wayne W. Dyer writes in his book, The Power of Intention:  Learning to Co-create Your World Your Way, indicates that there “are four ways that will prevent you from reaching for and connecting to the universal, creative Spirit of intention.” 

1.  Thinking about what’s missing in your life.  To match up with intention, you first have to catch yourself in that moment you’re thinking about what’s missing.  Then shift to intention.  Now what I find missing in my life, but to what I absolutely intend to manifest and attract into my life – with no doubts, no waffling, and no explaining!

2.  Thinking about the circumstances of your life.  If you don’t like some of the circumstances of your life, by all means don’t think about them.  You must train your imagination (which is the universal mind running through you) to shift from what you don’t want to what you do want.  All of that mental energy you spend complaining about what is – to anyone who will listen – is a magnet for attracting more of what is into your life.  You, and only you, can overcome this impediment because you’ve put it on your path to intention.  Simply change your inner speech to what you intend the new circumstances of your life to be. 

You must learn to assume responsibility for the circumstances of your life without any accompanying guilt.  The circumstances of your life aren’t the way they are because of karmic debt or because you’re being punished.  The circumstances of your life, including your health, are yours.  Somehow they showed up in your life, so just assume that you participated in all of it.  Your inner speech is uniquely your own creation, and it’s responsible for attracting more of the circumstances that you don’t want.  Link up with intention, use your inner speech to stay focused on what you intend to create, and you’ll find yourself regaining the power of your Source.

3.  Thinking about what has always been.  When your inner speech focuses on the way things have always been, you act upon your thoughts of what has always been, and the universal all-creating force continues to deliver what has always been.  Why?  Because your imagination is a part of that which imagined you into existence.  It’s the force of creation, and you’re using it to work against you with your inner speech.

Imagine the absolute Spirit thinking like this:  I can’t create life anymore because things haven’t worked for me in the past.  There have been so many mistakes in the past, and I can’t stop thinking about them!  How much creating do you think would occur if Spirit imagined in this way?  How can you possibly connect to the power of intention if your thoughts, which are responsible for your intending, focus on all that’s gone before, which you abhor?  The answer is obvious, and so is the solution.  Make a shift and catch yourself when you’re focusing on what always has been, and move your inner speech to what you intend to manifest.

4.  Thinking about what “they” want for you.  There’s probably a long list of people, most of them relatives, who have strong ideas about what you should be doing, how you should be thinking and worshipping, where you should be living, how you should be scheduling your life, and how much of your time you should be spending with them – especially on special occasions and holidays!  Our definition of friendship thankfully excludes the manipulation and guilt that we so often put up with in our families.

Inner dialogue that commiserates about the manipulative expectations of others ensures that this kind of conduct continues to flow into your life.  If your thoughts are on what others expect of you – even though you despise their expectations – you’ll continue to act on and attract more of what they want and expect for you.  Removing the obstacle means that you decide to shift your inner speech to what you intend to create and attract into your life.  You must do this with unswerving intent, and a commitment to not giving mental energy to what others feel about how you live your life.  This can be a tough assignment at first, but you’ll welcome the shift when you do it. 

Practice catching yourself when you have a thought of what others want for you, and ask yourself, Does this expectation match up with my own?  If not, simply laugh at the absurdity of being upset of frustrated over the expectations of others about how you should be running your life.  This is a way to match up and become impervious to the criticisms of others, and simultaneously put a stop to the insidious practice of continuing to attract into your life something you don’t want.  But the big payoff is that these critics realize that their judgements and critiques are pointless, so they simply desist.  A three-for-one bonus, achieved by shifting your attention away from what others want or expect for you to how you want to live your life.

As I mentioned, the above passages are from Dr. Wayne W. Dyer’s book, The Power of Intention:  Learning to Co-create Your World Your Way.  This book is a great resource to help you reconnect with Source and living the life you want to live through the power of intention and manifestation.  Personally, I have found that this book has allowed me to focus on my inner dialogue and has helped me change that dialogue to a more creative, kind, loving, beautiful, expansive, abundant and receptive one.

You can learn more about Dr. Wayne W. Dyer and purchase a copy of his book using the following links:

Together, we can make the world a more positive one!




You don’t have to be a scientist or zoologist to know and understand that animals have feelings – they don’t like to be chained, they cry out in pain when you hurt them, they don’t like to be alone and they would tell you all these things if they could talk.

Sea World is under much scrutiny due to the way they treat their whales and other captured mammals.  Circuses are under investigation for the use of bullhooks – a cruel method in training elephants and pharmaceutical laboratories and educational institutions are being forced to stop cruel and unneccessary animal testing.

People are not aware that factory farming is the biggest challenge to climate change – you need land, which causes deforestation, you need food to keep these animals alive and hormones to make them fatter.

Do people even think about how their food ends up on their plate – do they think about the treatment animals endure to become food, clothing or used for entertainment?  Animals are amazing creatures that can feel, think, and let us know when they are in discomfort….all you have to do to see this, is to look into their eyes:

Much can be said about a person in the way they treat and think of animals.

Together, we can make the world a more positive one!



“Why is it that, as a culture, we are more comfortable seeing two men holding guns than holding hands?”  – Ernest Gaines

What a great question.  We all understand that any two people holding hands is an affection of LOVE, respect, joy and postive energy.  Holding guns is automatically a negative action as it incites violence, hate, conflict and death.  Don’t get me wrong – people should be allowed to own guns but not to justifiably kill something for sport.  If a RESPONSIBLE invidual wants to own a gun to protect their home – GO FOR IT, just don’t allow your children access.  We have all read the stories about kids finding their parents gun and either shooting themselves or other innocent victims with them.

Together, we can make the world a more postive one!




What inspires you to create positive change in the world?  Have you ever thought about the countless individuals who have risked and even gave their lives fighting for injustices around the world?  We all know their names:

Harriet Tubman:  Born enslaved, liberated herself and returned to the area of her birth many times to lead family, friends, and other enslaved African-Americans north to freedom.  Advocate for women, the Union and enslaved people.  A leader to the civil rights movement.  Escaped to freedom at the age of 27 in 1849.  Returned to Dorchester County, Maryland USA (her birthplace) approximately 13 times to liberate friends, family and other enslaved African-Americans via the Underground Railroad.

Dian Fossey:  Undertook an extensive study of gorilla groups over a period of 18 years.  Financed patrols to destroy poachers traps.  Helped in the arrest of several poachers.  Strongly opposed wildlife tourism, as gorillas are very susceptible to human anthroponotic diseases like influenza for which gorillas have no immunity.  Viewed the holding of animals in “prison” (zoos) for the entertainment of people as unethical.

Martin Luther King Jr.:  Born Michael Luther King Jr., later changed his name to Martin.  Graduated High School at the age of fifteen.  Received B. A. degree in 1948 from Morehouse College and later received doctorate degree at Boston University in 1955.  In December of 1955, he accepted leadership of first great Negro nonviolent demonstration of contemporary times in the United States.  During an 11 year period between 1957 – 1968, King traveled over six million miles and spoke over twenty-five hundred times.  He directed the peaceful march on Washington, D.C., of 250,000 people to whom he delivered his address, “I Have a Dream”.  He was awarded five honorary degrees and named ‘Man of the Year’ by Time magazine in 1963 and became not only the symbolic leader of American blacks but also a world figure.  At the age of thirty-five, Martin Luther King Jr. was the youngest man to have received The Nobel Peace Prize – when notified of his selection, he announced that he would turn over his prize money of $54, 123 to further advance the civil rights movement.

Mother Teresa:  Born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in Skopje, Macedonia in 1910.  At the age of twelve, she knew she had to be a missionary to spread the love of Christ.  At eighteen, she left Skopje and joined the Sisters of Loreto, an Irish community of nuns with missions in India.  From 1931 to 1948 Mother Teresa taught at St. Mary’s High School in Calcutta, but the suffering and poverty she glimpsed outside the convent walls had such a deep impression on her that in 1948, she received permission from her superiors to leave the convent school and devote herself to working among the poorest of the poor in the slums of Calcutta.  In 1950, Mother Teresa received permission from the Holy See to start her own order, “The Missionaries of Charity”, whose primary task was to love and care for those persons nobody was prepared to look after.

Nelson Mandela

Born on July 18, 1918 in Qunu, South Africa.  Son of a chief, Nelson Mandela studied law and became one of South Africa’s first black lawyers. Early in the 1950s he was elected leader of the youth wing of the ANC (African National Congress) liberation movement. When the country’s white minority government prohibited the ANC in 1960, Mandela became convinced that armed struggle was inevitable. Inspired by the guerrilla wars in Algeria and Cuba, he organized a military underground movement that engaged in sabotage. In 1962 he was arrested and sentenced to life imprisonment for high treason and conspiracy against the state.

From 1964 to 1982 he was confined to the notorious prison island Robben Island, together with several other resistance leaders. He was then moved to prison on the mainland until his release in 1990. During his imprisonment, Mandela became a rallying point for South Africa’s oppressed, and the world’s most famous political prisoner.

Nelson Mandela shared the Peace Prize with the man who had released him, President Frederik Willem de Klerk, because they had agreed on a peaceful transition to majority rule.

Harvey Milk:  Born on May 22, 1930 in Woodmere, New York.  Harvey graduated from New York College for Teachers (now State University of New York) and enlisted in the Navy in 1951.  Discharged in 1955 with the rank of lieutenant junior grade.  He worked as a public school teacher on Long Island, a stock analyst in New York City and production associate for Broadway musicals, including Jesus Christ Superstar and Hair.  During the 1960’s and 70’s he became more actively involved in politics and advocacy and he demonstrated against the Vietnam War.  In late 1972, Milk moved to San Francisco, where he opened a camera store on Castro Street, in the heart of the city’s growing gay community.  Just over a year later, he declared his candidacy for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors – he lost but emerged from the campaign as a force to be reckoned with in local politics.  In 1975, he ran and narrowly lost.  His close friend and ally Mayor George Mascone, appointed him to the city’s Board of Permit Appeals, making Milk the first openly gay city commissioner in the United States.  In 1977, he easily won his third bid, and was inaugurated as a San Francisco City-County Supervisor on January 9, 1978. 

Harvey Milk spoke out on state and national issues of interest to LGBT people, women, racial and ethnic minorities and other marginalized communities.  One of these was a California ballot initiative, Proposition 6, which would have mandated the firing of gay teachers in the state’s public schools. State Senator John Briggs, seeking to marshal anti-gay sentiment and an agenda of hate and diminishment for political gain, spearheaded the initiative. With strong, effective opposition from Milk and others, it was defeated at a time when other political attacks on gay people were being successfully waged around the US.

Princess Diana:  Born Lady Diana Frances Spencer on July 1, 1961 in Sandringham (Norfolk, England).  Married Prince Charles on July 29, 1981.  Princess Diana pulled out of being patroness or president of over 100 social institutions and charitable organizations.  She took her role as patron of the English National Ballet, the Leprosy Mission and the British AIDS Help seriously.  She was known for her humanitary and fund-raising work for international charities.  She received recognition for her charity work and for her support of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines.  From 1989, she was the president of Great Ormond Street Hospital for children, in addition to dozens of other charities.

“I remember I used to sit on hospital beds and hold people’s hands.  People used to be sort of shocked, but to me it was quite a normal thing to do.  These people need hope.  They also need encouragement.”

Mahatma Gandhi:  Born Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, more commonly known as ‘Mahatma’ (meaning ‘Great Soul’) in Porbandar, Gujarat, in NorthWest India on October 2, 1869.  Married (via arranged marriage) at the age of 13 to Kasturba Makhanji.  Began college at University of College London at age of 18 in September of 1888.  Determined to adhere to Hindu principles, which included vegetarianism as well as alcohol and sexual abstinence, he found London restrictive initially, but once he had found kindred spirits he flourished, and pursued the philosophical study of religions, including Hinduism, Christianity, Buddhism and others, having professed no particular interest in religion up until then.  Following admission to the English Bar, and his return to India, he found work difficult to come by and, in 1893, accepted a year’s contract to work for an Indian firm in Natal, South Africa.  Despite arriving on a year’s contract, Gandhi spent the next 21 years living in South Africa, and railed against the injustice of racial segregation.  Witnessing the racial bias experienced by his countrymen served as a catalyst for his later activism, and he attempted to fight segregation at all levels.  He founded a political movement, known as Natal Indian Congress, and developed his theoretical belief in non-violent civil protest into a tangible political stance, when he opposed the introduction of registration for all Indians, within South Africa, via non-cooperation with relevant civic authorities.

David Suzuki:  Co-Founder of the David Suzuki Foundation.  David Suzuki is an award-winning scientist, environmentalist and broadcaster.  Dr. Suzuki is a geneticist.  He graduated from Amherst College (Massachusetts) in 1958 with an Honours BA in Biology, followed by a Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Chicago in 1961.  In 1972, he was awarded the E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship for the outstanding research scientist in Canada under the age of 35 and held it for three years.  He holds 25 honorary degrees in Canada, the U.S. and Australia.  He was elected to the Royal Society of Canada and is a Companion of the Order of Canada.  Dr. Suzuki has written 52 books, including 19 for children.  His 1976 text-book An Introduction to Genetic Analysis (with A.J.F. Griffiths), remains the most widely used genetics text-book in the U.S. and has been translated into Italian, Spanish, Greek, Indonesian, Arabic, French and German.  Dr. Suzuki is also recognized as a world leader in sustainable ecology. He is the recipient of UNESCO’s Kalinga Prize for Science, the United Nations Environment Program Medal, UNEPs Global 500 and in 2009 won the Right Livelihood Award that is considered the Alternative Nobel Prize.

Ingrid Newkirk:  Animal rights activist, author and Co-Founder and president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) in 1980.  Born in Surrey, England.  Ingrid became an animal activist at the age of 21 after discovering that a neighbour abanded some kittens and decided to bring them to an animal shelter.  This life-changing experience let to her first job working in behalf of animals – cleaning kennels and investigating cruelty cases.  Ingrid served as deputy sheriff, a Maryland state law enforcement officer with the highest success rate in convicting animal abusers, the director of cruelty investigations for the second-oldest humane society in the U.S., and the chief of animal disease control for the Commission on Public Health in Washington, D.C.  Under Ingrid’s leadership, legislation was passed to create the first-ever spray-and-neuter clinic in Washington, D.C.  She coordinated the first arrest in U.S. history of a laboratory animal experiment on cruelty charges and helped achieve the first ever anti-cruelty law in Taiwan.  She spearheaded the closure of a Department of Defense underground “wound laboratory”, and she has initiated many other campaigns against animal abuse, including ending General Motors’ car-crash tests on animals.

Let the stories and actions of all the people mentioned above, inspire and motivate you to create positive change into our world and universe. 


Together, we can make the world a more positive one!



“I think the biggest disease the world suffers from in this day and age is the disease of people feeling unloved.  I know that I can give love for a minute, for half an hour, for a day, for a month, but I can give.  I am very happy to do that, I want to do that.”
Princess Diana

Together, we can make the world a more positive one! 


In celebration of the beginning of Gay Pride festivities around the world and Gay Pride month, I thought I would reflect on how society viewed me as a gay male and how I felt I had to oppress my feelings towards other men – ultimately oppressing my true authentic self.  First – let me say this:  I don’t remember choosing my sexuality, I just remember always being attracted to the same-sex. 

Here are some questions that people have asked me about my sexuality or comments people have made after I revealed that I was gay:

When did you realized you were gay?

I can’t pinpoint the exact moment I knew that I was attracted to the same-sex.  I always knew that I was.  I enjoyed being around girls – but I didn’t feel the same way as I did when I was around the same-sex.

If you knew you were gay, why did you date girls?

Wanting to be accepted is very difficult.  Today – that concept doesn’t even matter to me but as a child, teenager and young adult, who didn’t want to be accepted and fit in?  I dated girls because I witnessed first hand how our society treated homosexuals – they were teased, bullied, mocked, threatened with violence and even threatened with death.  I didn’t want any of that to happen to me – so I thought, my best choice would be to blend in and do what everyone else was doing.  I didn’t have the strength and self-confidence I needed to be myself.  I dated girls in hopes to suppress who I truly was because society was telling me that what I was feeling was against everything.

Why didn’t you ‘come out’?

See above.  Also – coming out meant possibly losing your friends and family.  What would I do?  Where would I go?  How would I take care of myself?  

When did you decide to ‘come out’?

High school was tough.  I wasn’t unpopular but I wasn’t exactly the football jock either.  There were many guys who called me “faggot”, “homo”, “cocksucker”, “butt muncher” and “fairy” – just to name a few.  They didn’t call me those names because I was ‘out’ but because the majority of my friends consisted of girls.  I was envious of the kids who were comfortable enough to be ‘out’ and took my frustrations out on them by doing the exact same thing to them as what others were doing to me.

I suppressed my feelings and turned to alcohol – I was meeting guys secretly and became very withdrawn.  I discovered our gay community and started frequenting gay bars and began to meet other gay people.  I dated a few guys (secretly) and had “boyfriends” but I would always go back to my ‘straight’  and ‘fake’ lifestyle so that people would not discover my truth. 

I was at a bar one night and ran into a girl I used to date – I girl I thought I loved for all the wrong reasons only to realized that I love her for all the right reasons.  (It wasn’t a sexual thing but a very emotional one).  I ran into her at a very popular bar – I saw her throughout the night but didn’t want to approach her.  What would she think?  How will she react to seeing me at a gay bar?  We eventually connected and the issue wasn’t as difficult as I believed it to be.  Being truthful to someone else was great but it was even more exhilarating being truthful to myself.  This was the push I needed to begin living my true authentic life.

I met my first real boyfriend and decided to leave home and moved in with him at 21.  I never looked back.

How does it feel to be gay?

The same way it feels to be straight – I have to wake-up, go to work, pay bills, etc.  I sometimes fight with my significant other about the struggles of daily life.  I go to the bathroom the same way straight people do, I bleed the same way, I have the same feelings, dreams and goals. 

Homosexuality is a sin and an abomination.

I guess that I will wait to be judged by God.  That was my old answer.  Today, I simply allow people to believe what they want.  They can hide their ignorance behind religion and what men wrote in the Bible.  To me – God isn’t judgemental, He/She/It – isn’t hateful.  He/She/It encourages love and compassion.  I don’t answer to ‘heresay’ – I answer to how I want to live and how I want to treat others – to me that is God therefore I AM GOD, YOU ARE GOD, WE ARE ALL GOD.  So don’t hate yourself – embrace and love yourself because, loving yourself ensures you love everyone.

Why does there have to be a Gay Pride Parade – there isn’t straight pride?

Gay people – like African-Americans, didn’t have the same civil liberties as their peers.  Homosexuality is continues to be a death sentence in many countries.  Gays, lesbians, transgendered and bisexual individuals are still fighting for the right not to be discriminated against in the place they work, the right to benefit from marriage and to be deemed equals in the eyes of the law as to their straight counter-parts.  We don’t want to continue to be suppressed and oppressed – we want the right to live and to love, just like everyone else.

Gay Pride has become a corporate event.  It gives businesses the opportunity to make money and boost the local economy.  It increases tourism.  It is fun and is a party.  Gay Pride is also an opportunity to remember all those who have paved the way for those of us who are benefiting from their activism.  A time to reflect on the bath house raids of Stonewall in New York City and Toronto.  It is a time to reflect on the politicians who wanted equality and paid the price with their lives (thank you Harvey Milk).  It is a time to see mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts and friends unite and celebrate each others diversity.  Gay Pride is a time of year to celebrate your sexuality and not be ashamed of it or your body.  It is a time to celebrate gay fathers, policemen, politicians, teachers, bus drivers, business men and women, and so many others living their authentic lives.

GAY PRIDE is inclusive and inspiring.  It allows others to see that we are the same as everyone else.  GAY PRIDE also gives those who are living a life that I previous lived – a life of oppression, suppression, hurt and pain and make them realize that they are not alone. 


Together, we can make the world a more positive one!